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JOB: American Indian Alaska Native Head Start Grantee Specialist – Na
Business Area: Education – Teaching – Administration

Location: US-SD-Sioux Falls

Health, Education & Social Programs
Early Childhood Education
Anywhere in U.S.

About ICF InternationalICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy and climate change; environment and infrastructure; health, human services, and social programs; and homeland security and defense markets. The firm combines passion for its work with industry expertise and innovative analytics to produce compelling results throughout the entire program life cycle, from research and analysis through implementation and improvement. Since 1969, ICF has been serving government at all levels, major corporations, and multilateral institutions. More than 3,500 employees serve these clients worldwide. ICF’s Web site is

Job Description:
ICF International seeks American Indian Alaska Native (AIAN) Head Start Grantee Specialists to provide high quality training and technical assistance that improves the capacity of AIAN Head Start and Early Head Start programs to meet or exceed the national Head Start Performance Standards. The Grantee Specialist will work with programs to correct deficiencies identified through the monitoring system. The Grantee Specialist will work with grantees with multiple areas of noncompliance and engage programs in becoming compliant with all Head Start Regulations. A thorough knowledge of the Head Start Performance Standards and experience with AIAN cultures are required. The Grantee Specialist will deliver training and technical assistance and consultation with directors, staff and parents and will use reliable data collection systems to track measurable outcomes for children and programs. This position is home-based and will involve extensive travel to programs within clusters of states where the candidate is assigned. Travel is expected to be 50% to 70 %.


Key Responsibilities:

Act as a change agent in management and administrative areas, incorporating activities that include governing body and policy group activities for long-term improvements
Work with leaders within an organization to plan and assist in the implementation of changes that resolve deficiencies and non-compliances
Plan and implement strategic interventions with grantees that have been designated deficient or as having serious non-compliance issues
Work with Federal Regional staff in developing strategies for grantee intervention and plan outcomes that address problem areas for all affected grantees
Coordinate with a diverse group of staff operating in each state in a region to identify ways of working cooperatively with the Regional Office, plan joint efforts to support grantee improvements and plan the best utilization of staff
Review, interpret and utilize a broad array of data to identify trends, set objectives and plan work among staff at both the regional and state levels
Analyze existing grantee structure, functions and capacity and redesign systems that support quality program operations
Management and administration issues.
Basic Qualifications:

A minimum of a B.A. or B.S. Degree required, with a preference for a Master’s degree, in a field related to Program Design and Management is required. Degrees in Business Management or Administration, Public or Non-Profit Administration, Project Management, Public Policy and Administration, or Communications strongly preferred.
At least 5 years of demonstrated experience in providing technical assistance required, specifically on issues pertained to PDM, Systems, administrative position and in providing technical assistance on administrative issues within Head Start. Knowledge of management and administration issues and demonstrated ability to apply such knowledge.
Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
Preferred Skills/Experience:

Experience in a leadership position within a Head Start program (Executive Director, Program Director, Site Coordinator)
Prior experience working with the American Indian/Alaska Native population and providing T/TA on reservations
Understanding of tribal sovereignty and government to government relationships
Experience working in management, PDM, Fiscal management
Experience providing trainings at State, Regional or National Meetings
Professional Skills:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work independently and collaboratively
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to complete detailed paperwork in timely manner
ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce.ICF International is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/D/V

For a listing of other career opportunities at ICF, please visit our Career Center at

ICF International is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer


About James Morales

I am a choctaw and a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. I grew up in the Conehatta coummunity and attended the Conehatta Indian School. CEO - Native Hoop Inc President - Native Hoop Management President - Native Emergency Relief & Volunteer Agency, Inc Executive Producer - Voices of the Hoop Executive Producer - N8tive Soundz & Newz Executive Producer - The Hoop


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